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Can a Christian Have Muslim Friends?

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(What I say below has already been taught to our Sunday meeting). The first thing to note is that Muslims are just one type of unbeliever out of many, so the ‘brand’ of unbeliever does not alter the question.

It is a current lie amongst Christians that we must ‘respect’ Muslim beliefs. The same lie applies to homosexuals – whom we must ‘respect’. It must be stated categorically, that we must respect all human beings simply for being human beings – but we may NOT respect godless beliefs. Sadly, most Christians fall into the trap of saying this, but botching it when they foolishly enter into deeper relationships. One big problem is that what a Christian means by ‘friend’ is not shared by what a Muslim means. Yes, some Muslims are on the fringe of even their own beliefs – but they are still Muslim. Muslims have Quran 5:51 to guide them:

“O YOU who have attained to faith! Do not take the Jews and the Christians for your allies: they are but allies of one another and whoever of you allies himself with them becomes, verily, one of them; behold, God does not guide people who are unjust.”

Clearly, if Muslims become friendly with Jews or Christians they are accused of becoming “one of them”. It is claimed that this is only one part of a broader statement by Mohammed. And so we have Quran 60:8, which says

“As for such [of the unbelievers] as do not fight against you on account of [your] faith, and neither drive you forth from your homelands, God does not forbid you to show them kindness and to behave towards them with full equity: for, verily, God loves those who act equitably.”

“God only forbids you to turn in friendship towards such as fight against you because of [your] faith, and drive you forth from your homelands, or aid [others] in driving you forth: and as for those [from among you] who turn towards them in friendship; it is they, they who are truly wrongdoers!” (60:9)

Much is made in Islamic countries of jihad and its ‘legitimacy’. Muslim leaders say Muslims may fight those who attack them for their faith. What they do NOT say is that even rejection of Islam constitutes a reason to fight! Hence, jihad in the West.

Some Islamic websites speak of Jews and Christians “being in conflict” with Mohammed and his followers. This is a twist on history, for it was Muslims who were in warring conflict, not just with Jews and Christians but with anyone who dared refuse their plan of enslavement and subjugation! Muslims may become friends with ‘others’ if those others are of good character… but anyone who rejects Allah is automatically NOT of ‘good character’… mainly Jews and Christians! The same applies to those whose nation is founded on Judeo-Christian teachings, beliefs and laws. Hence attacks on anyone in the West. The Quran also teaches that righteous Jews and Christians should have “no fear”, “neither shall they grieve” (2:62). Tell that to all the Jews and Christians slaughtered during the recent war on non-Muslims and Muslims conducted by ISIS and similar groups throughout Europe and the world!

The “people of the book”, Jews and Christians, are “in the ranks of the righteous” if they are true to God (3:113-4). Yet, today, Muslims arise who wish to kill Jews, Christians and even Muslims who will not be aggressive. As a recent documentary video shows, in France, there are many subversive groups teaching the supremacy of Islam, and who vow to change Europe into an Islamic state very soon, via sharia and the birth rate. Any Christian who has any idea of what sharia will mean and yet who still befriends Islam and all Muslims is, by definition, no friend of Christians.

A Christian can form ‘light’ friendships with persons of ANY religion. The problem with doing so with Muslims is, or should be, obvious. That is, a Muslim does not believe Jesus is God, or that the only way to God and Heaven is through Him. Also, the only legitimate way to be friendly with a Muslim is to tell him or her the Gospel, and to reject reasoning that places Mohammed higher than Jesus Christ, or that says there is another way to salvation.

Therefore, if a Christian tells me he or she has witnessed to these truths and has openly rejected the Islamic way of salvation, etc., I can accept that he or she is ‘above board’. What I cannot accept is having such a friendship without first making it clear where a Christian stands. If the Christian does not witness to the truth of the Lord, then Psalm 1 verse 1 comes into play. So, make no mistake and do not delude yourself for the sake of Muslim ‘friendships’ – a Christian MUST testify to his or her faith in God, or any ensuing ‘friendship’ is illicit in God’s mind.

We must be aware that most Muslims do not speak out of malice, but out of sheer ignorance, even of their own Koran. Chillingly, once those same Muslims learn what is in the Koran, they become murderous. This means we begin any discussion or friendship with Christian facts, never diluting the truth of scripture. In other words, we approach Muslims in much the same way as we approach any other unbeliever. However, there is one huge difference – only Muslims have murder taught to them via their own ‘holy book’. This should bring about caution (but not silence). The aim must be to give a true representation of your own faith, and not simply to decry Islam. Unfortunately, many Christians do not represent what they believe at all, but they tend to bend towards at least a superficial acceptance of Islam and Muslims, just to ‘keep the peace’. To do so is a godless activity.

Christians who befriend Muslims can only do so honestly if the Muslim is not aggressive or hateful towards them. When talking with reasonable Muslims, then, any talk of scripture should be positive and immediate: “Jesus did this”, “the apostles did that”. In other words, give facts, not your own opinion or ‘feelings’.

The Christian should not deliberately go out just to find Muslims to befriend! We are not a social service! Rather, if a possible light friendship arises, the Christian must be courteous but not accepting of Islam. Such activity should be filled with great caution because of the current hatred amongst newer intakes of Muslims. Hence the caution. And remember what Jesus did when people refused to listen or scoffed at the preacher – walk away and never go back! Some say we should keep on, but this is not scriptural. If you have planted the seed of the Gospel and they refuse to listen or reject what is said, just leave it alone and go away. God may, or may not, enlighten their hearts some other time… but for now you just walk away.

A Christian, then, CAN have friends amongst Muslims. But, the Christian must know how to remain faithful to God. They do this by speaking the Gospel to a Muslim. If that Muslims does not openly reject or hate you for it, you may still approach with friendship… but such friendliness must, of necessity, be ‘light’, with no deeper affiliation. This is because of the danger of taqiyya (lying) being used to make you feel safe. Some Muslims (reported in previous notes) encourage ‘friendships’ with Christians so they can plot murder and some shave off their beards to facilitate this enterprise. Apart from jihad, and open hatred for Westerners and Christians, just be extremely careful in any liaison.

My question to ANY Christian is ‘Have you spoken of your faith? Have you then spoken of the Gospel? If there are objections have you maintained your position, that scripture and God are true?’ And if the Christian befriends Muslims just for the sake of friendship, they open themselves up to all manner of deception, including turning from God to Allah… it is what happens when people forget their foundation.

I repeat – Muslims are just another ‘brand’ of unbeliever, and all unbelievers must be approached in that light. However, no Christian should go looking for deliberate friendships with unbelievers. If faced with an unbeliever, including a Muslim, the duty of every Christian is to speak the Gospel. A negative reaction that includes anger or hatred means the Christian should just walk away. The Christian who remains and persists in trying to form a friendship is asking for trouble, including that of being persuaded to accept certain facets of Islam (or whatever religion is being presented). That will then be the start of a ‘slippery slope’. With Islam – beware! (These notes are very brief: any questions, just ask).

Just remember Psalm 1:2

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”

© May 2018

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